Christmas Eve Candle-Lighting Liturgy

In case you can’t make it to church this Christmas Eve, here’s a lovely candle lighting liturgy that can inspire you wherever you are. Merry Christmas. I’ll be back in the New Year.

Spacious Faith

Candle-Lighting Liturgy (Isaiah 9:2-7; Hosea 11:1, 3-4)

We come to proclaim the light of hope. Hope in the promises of God; hope in the power of the Holy Spirit; hope in the person of Jesus Christ. Hope for each of us and hope for all of us.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.

We come to proclaim the light of peace. Peace as we trust God’s power; peace as we know the Spirit’s presence; peace as we follow Jesus’ path. Peace within our hearts and peace throughout our world.

For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.

For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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